June 14, 2019
Halifax Convention Centre
Join us as we celebrate 22 years of business excellence at the Black Business Summit 2019, Shifting Tides. Creating businesses without boundaries.
The fast-changing economic ecosystem requires that we be quick and adept in all our actions to effectively tap into opportunities locally and internationally. We as business owners and supporters must ride the wave through innovative thinking and develop more innovation and technology-based companies to enable us to compete with distinction in the Fourth Industrial Revolution-the new digital age.
Workshops & Panels
Business Pitch Competition
Awards Dinner & Gala
Keynote Speaker: Bozoma Saint John
Keynote, Bozoma Saint John, is one of the most sought after marketers today! Over the course of her career, Bozoma “Boz” Saint John has earned a formidable reputation as a trail blazing brand marketing executive and change agent. With almost 20 years of experience that spans multiple industries including digital music/entertainment, consumer packaged goods, fashion, sports and automotive, Boz is uniquely qualified for her current role as the Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor. Endeavor is a global leader in entertainment, sports, and fashion. Previously, she was Chief Brand Officer at Uber, ran Global Consumer Marketing of Apple Music and iTunes, and was the head of the Music and Entertainment Marketing Group at Pepsi-Cola North America.
Bozoma rose to fame in the tech space during her role as Head of Global Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes (including iTunes movies, iBooks, and Apple News). Her most electrifying moment at Apple was when she stole the show as the keynote at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference. Following her presentation, Buzzfeed called her the “Coolest person to ever go on stage at an Apple event.” During her time as Head of Music and Entertainment Marketing at Pepsi-Cola North America, Bozoma has created iconic partnerships and breakthrough commercial deals and has worked with some of the world’s biggest stars like Beyoncé, Tom Brady, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Mary J Blige, etc.! With her pop culture savvy, fearlessness, and authentic leadership, Bozoma has risen to business celebrity status and will be starring in her very own Starz docu-series on her professional and personal journey.
These are only some of Boz’s many accolades: She was featured in Fortune Magazine’s Disruptors, Innovators & Stars 40 Under 40 feature; Ad Age’s 50 Most Creative People; 2016’s Executive of the Year by Billboard Magazine; Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Women in Business; and is currently serving on the board of Girls Who Code, and Vital Voices; as well as an executive mentor for the Levo League.
Summit Chair: Ross Simmonds
Ross Simmonds is the founder of Foundation Marketing, a content marketing agency that combines data and creativity to develop & serve ambitious brands. Foundation Marketing provides content marketing services to organizations all over the world ranging from some of the fastest growing startups & consumer products to global Fortune 500 brands.
Ross and the team at Foundation have launched marketing initiatives that reach millions of people on channels like Instagram, Slideshare Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. In addition to running Foundation Marketing; Ross is the founder of a wide range of different businesses including Hustle & Grind, an ecommerce brand described as the voice of modern entrepreneurs. Ross has invested in a handful of start ups and sits on the board of director for a handful of non-profit organizations.
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